Properly known as the Model of 1905, 4th Change, The S&W Military & Police revolver has undergone many a metamorphasis over the years, and is technically still in production with the Model 10.
The revolver can be traced back to 1899, but the design reached a high point in 1905. It is easy to spot a Pre-Depression era M&P by the mushroom shaped ejector rod cap
. The buyer had a choice of a round or a square butt, and the guns came in barrel lengths of 2, 4, 5 and 6 inches, with a moon shaped front sight. The 2 inchers are worth quite a premium today. The M&P was available in nickel or blue. Both finishes had case colored hammers and triggers. The trigger face was smooth, and the hammer had delicate checkering. A rare few were fitted with target sights.
The Pre-Depression M&P has a long throw action, that is often considered the finest ever put in a double action revolver. The craftsmanship that went into the production of these handguns is second to none. They can still be found today for $200-300, depending on condition, and if they have good rifling, they are excellent shooters.
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